WOW | What You Think

YOUR FIRST JOB INTERVIEW!

Shreejana Rana
Executive Director, Hotel Annapurna

My first job interview was with ITC Welcome Group here in Kathmandu. It was for the position of Management Trainee. I’ve always had a strong personality and there wasn’t a lot of competition in those days… it was the 1980’s. We didn’t have many women in the industry. I had just finished my training. And I also had the advantage of being fluent in English. So I was quite confident when I went in. You could almost say I was bold. I did feel at a slight disadvantage as I was young. I must have done something right though. I got the job. It was only when I started working that I realised that boldness and confidence were not enough. It took me a while to learn that lesson. To understand that the other women I worked with were better than me! I was a little immature to say the least. I made mistakes, but I learned from them. And finally I understood that it was taking responsibility for my work and being accountable that were crucial to doing my job well.